Ralph Baer, engineer and inventor who was pivotal in the creation of the very first home video game console has passed away at the age of 92.
Baer, while working for Sanders Associates Inc, a defense contractor, he worked on early mockups for a video game system that could be played on a TV. Between 1967 and 1969, Baer along with colleagues Bill Harrison and Bill Rusch, they helped create several video game prototypes. One of those prototypes was the ‘Brown Box’, which allowed players to play Ping-pong or shoot targets with a light gun. In 1972, Magnavox acquired the license for the ‘Brown Box’ and released the system as the Magnavox Odyssey and video game history was made.
Baer wasn’t finished yet, after his groundbreaking work on the ‘Brown Box” he invented the interactive memory game Simon, Computer Perfection and Maniac. Baer hold over 150 U.S and foreign patents. Baer has received numerous accolades throughout his life including the 2008 Game Developers choice Pioneer award for his work on the ‘Brown Box’ , the National Medal of technology and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
Ralph Baer laid the groundwork for the home video game consoles that we enjoy today.